* Gluten-free flour mix and almond meal or almond flour can be found in the gluten-free
or natural food section of most stores.
** Xanthan gum powder will improve texture of cookies but is not required to
make this recipe. It can be found in health food stores and baking or gourmet markets.
In medium bowl, combine flour mix, almond meal, xanthan, baking soda, allspice,
cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper and salt; set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add molasses and egg; blend well. Add dry ingredients in three batches, blending
just until fully incorporated. Dough will be stiff. Divide dough into two balls,
flatten into discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or
up to 3 days.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove one dough disc from refrigerator and roll
out between two pieces of parchment paper or on lightly gluten-free floured work
surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment-lined
baking sheets. Sprinkle cutouts with colored sugar, if desired.
Bake for 9 to 13 minutes, until edges of cookies are crisp. Cool cookies on sheet
2 to 3 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight
container for up to 1 week.